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Pushback: California loses big for trying to force churches to violate their religious beliefs

Mary Watanaba, head oppressor in California's health system
Mary Watanaba, head oppressor
in California’s health system

They’re coming for you next: After California health authorities in 2014 imposed a mandate requiring requiring churches to provide elective abortion coverage to its employees, four churches sued, and after a long court battle, have now won a $1.4 million settlement.

Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF] attorneys represent Skyline Wesleyan Church, located in the San Diego area, in one federal lawsuit, and Foothill Church in Glendora, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Chino, and The Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch in another. Both lawsuits challenged California’s abortion-coverage mandate. In both cases, the courts ruled that the U.S. Constitution protects the churches’ freedom to operate according to their religious beliefs, which include their belief in the sanctity of unborn lives.

The rulings in both lawsuits (here and here [pdfs]) not only release the churches from the illegal abortion mandate, they both require payments to ADF and the church’s local attorneys to pay all legal costs. Interesting, in both lawsuits Mary Watanabe, the director of the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) was named, and in one case she was the only defendant. Unfortunately, she walks away unharmed, because DMHC will pay for everything, out of tax dollars.

What made the mandate especially egregious is that it was written in league with officials at Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, as shown by emails [pdf] between DMHC and those officials. Though the first amendment of the Bill of Rights is quite clear, that government cannot restrict the religious rights of citizens or churches, DMHC, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU teamed up to write regulations to do exactly that, and they did it outside the legislative process. Brianna Pittman, Planned Parenthood’s legislative advocate, repeatedly suggested DMHC come up with “an administrative solution, in lieu of legislation,” and DMHC officials immediately agreed, arranging a meeting with both Planned Parenthood and the ACLU in order to create the mandate.

That the ACLU was part of this process only illustrates once again how corrupted with politics that so-called free speech non-profit legal firm has become. Once, it stood firmly defending the first amendment in all cases. Now it conspires with others to nullify that first amendment, if it disagrees with the politics of those targeted.

It is for this reason that a host of new non-profit legal firms, such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, have recently sprung up. The ACLU was no longer defending free speech, there was a terrible need because of the modern leftist effort to blacklist its opponents, and someone had to step up to fill the vacuum.

Will this ruling change anything? Will California officials now stop working to impose the political will of leftist organizations like Planned Parenthood, in violation of the first amendment to the Constitution?

Nah. They will simply try again, since it didn’t cost them anything to violate the law. The taxpayers paid, while it was the churches who suffered after almost a decade fighting their illegal action. These goons will simply keep trying to stamp their boots into the faces of their opponents until someone finally stamps back, hard, making them feel some pain.

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  • GaryMike

    I’m secular, but even I think she’s a despicable individual.

  • Cotour


    $1.4 million? That is nothing in the grand scheme of things for the now radical Leftists among us.

    Here, here is your proof:

    Right in your face, and they dare you to say anything about it.

    In for a penny, in for a pound.

    And they are so far into this agenda to destroy America as founded they just do not care even when they are stone cold busted.

    Right in your face America.

  • Obama’s Boyfriend

    The problem is government authorities who abuse or break laws are never personally held accountable for their actions, the taxpayer is. In such actions the guilty individual must suffer the consequences of poor judgement or deliberate malice if such practices are not to continue, witness the activities of Marxist/racist DAs who just the Lord of the Flies Book of Law in NY, Philly, Chicago. St Louis, SF, Boston, etc.

  • GWB

    if it disagrees with the politics of those targeted.
    It’s the religion of those targeted with which it disagrees.
    Most of the progressives who argued for “freedom” in the old days never really meant to have true freedom. They just wanted to take the governor off of society so they could have license to do whatever they want.

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